Thursday, February 20, 2014

WCP joins Fairfield County Community Foundation's Day of Giving.

by Laura Porio Silence
Institutional Giving Manager

Westport Country Playhouse is thrilled to be participating in Fairfield County’s first ever Giving Day! Presented by the Fairfield County Community Foundation and funding partner Bank of America, Fairfield County Giving Day will take place on Friday, March 7. The goal of this online, 24-hour day of giving, is to raise $1 million for more than 200 nonprofits throughout the region. This one day initiative provides a collective platform to recognize the many nonprofits in our region and an innovative opportunity for caring members of our community to support the important work that is done by these important institutions.

The FCGiving sponsor organizations are offering more than $100,000 in prize money to participating nonprofits who are able to inspire the most donations during this 24 hour day of giving. Awards range from $500-$25,000 and every donation – whether $10 or $100 makes a difference. Your $25 gift can become $25,000 when you help the Playhouse continue to offer vital and exciting productions and programming throughout the year.

This is how it works: Starting at 12:00am on March 7th Fairfield County Giving Day you can participate by logging in to fcgives.org to search for participating nonprofits to support in a variety of ways

• By typing in a specific nonprofit name (ie: Westport Country Playhouse)
• By typing in the town you live in
• By searching by cause

A list of all nonprofits meeting those search criteria will appear and you can learn more about them by clicking on the organization's name. Once you've made your choice, simply select "donate" next to the causes you would like to support and enter your donation amount and billing information. You can make a donation to one nonprofit, or support several at once.

In the last few years, giving days such as this have become one of the most effective ways to galvanize an entire community to take action and make a donation. These online initiatives create excitement around charitable giving, help nonprofits strengthen their online fundraising skills and make it easy for people living in the community to show their support. During its recent giving day, The Great Give 2013, the New Haven Community Foundation helped raise over $750,000 for its local nonprofits in a 36-hour period.

We are proud to participate in this exciting day and we hope you will choose to part of this wonderful initiative by supporting your Playhouse and sharing in the excitement and success of Fairfield County’s first ever Giving Day! For more information about how you can help please contact Westport Country Playhouse Director of Development, Kathryn Gloor at kgloor@westportplayhouse.org.

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